The Bromfield girls varsity lacrosse team defeated the Algonquin Regional High School Titans 15-13 on Thursday, May 5. Having beaten their biggest rival in the league for a second time, the Trojans are moving forward with a record of 9-1.
The first time the two teams faced off was Tuesday, April 12. The Trojans won 16-11, leaving the Titans vengeful for their next game against Bromfield. “We knew they were gonna give us a run for our money,” said co-captain Peyton VanDorpe, “We didn’t think it was gonna be this close.”
The game’s top scorers were sophomore Kristin Podgorni and senior Julia Mara with five and four goals for Bromfield, and senior captains Lucy Rogers and Caroline Kelly with five and four for Algonquin.
Eight and a half minutes into the game, a miscommunication between referees resulted in a goal for Algonquin. The players stopped mid-play at the whistle of one referee, only to be told to continue by the other. Algonquin recovered quickly, making a fast-break goal through the stalled Trojan defenses. After deliberation between refs, the goal was not counted and possession was given to the Titans.
Kristin Padgorni pops a shot past the Natick goalkeeper earlier this season. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)
In the first half Algonquin scored seven goals, four of which were 8-meter penalty shots, but they trailed the Trojans 9-7 at halftime.
In the second half, Bromfield began to lose draw controls. After winning 11 of 17 early in the game, it made only 5 of 13 in the second half.
After a timeout with 12½ minutes left in the game, the Trojans made a string of five goals and regained a lead that they carried through to the end.
VanDorpe said the team became more motivated to win during the timeout. She said the team talked about how badly they wanted the win. “Algonquin has always been a big rival of ours, so it’s really important for all of us to win,” she said. Bromfield coach Maesa Phongsamouth agreed. “We just have to make sure our heads are in it from the start,” she said.
Bromfield played again Monday, May 9, at an away game against North Middlesex Regional High School.
Olivia Muller-Juez is a Bromfield sophomore.